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Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy – Part-Time

Multilateral Diplomacy

14 Sep 2020
24 Months
Programme Area
Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy
Event Focal Point Email
Contact Number
+41 (0) 22 917 84 71 / + 41 (0) 22 917 87 16
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya


In an increasingly interconnected, globalized and complex world, where the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation is ever growing, the demand for training and capacity development in the field of international affairs and diplomacy is constantly rising. 

This Master’s programme is designed to suit the needs of students and professionals interested in both developing essential knowledge for understanding international affairs, as well as strengthening their capacities in the practice of diplomacy. This Master’s Degree will allow diplomats, government officials, students and other stakeholders to upgrade their studies and knowledge combining the best of university education and UN executive training.

Event Objectives

This Master's Programme will enable you to strengthen your performance in multilateral settings, to foster your understanding of international relations and to leverage your career perspectives by connecting with high-level representatives, diplomats, academics, and other experts.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the Master's Programme, students should be able to:

-Develop a critical understanding of key issues and concepts in world affairs
-Demonstrate a comprehensive, substantive and practical knowledge of international relations and diplomacy
-Develop analytical skills and critical thinking
-Improve research and drafting skills
-Perform in both bilateral and multilateral working environments with increased confidence

Content and Structure

To receive the Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy, issued by the UOC in partnership with UNITAR, students must succesfully complete the following courses equivalent to 60 ECTS in no more than two years (1 year for full-time and 2 years for part-time).

Working professionals are strongly encouraged to apply for the part-time programme due to the heavy workload (60 ECTS).

•Introduction to the UN System
•Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management
•International Diplomacy - Theory and Practice
•Overcoming Negotiation Deadlocks
•Public Diplomacy in a Multipolar World
•Field visit (optional)

• International Law and Institutions
• International Relations System and Theories
• International Political Economy
• European Union in World Politics
• Latin America in World Politics
• Eastern Asia in World Politics
• Africa in World Politics
• Middle East in World Politics
• Research Methods Course
• Master Thesis 
• Internship (optional)

Students will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the very heart of diplomacy. An optional field trip to Geneva, Switzerland (5 days) will be organized for those who wish to gain expertise as well as skills in the domain of multilateral diplomacy.

The Master in International Affairs and Diplomatic Practice is a UOC Certified Master’s Degree, awarded according to the rules and regulations set by the Spanish education system. Giving its specificity, it does not give general access to Doctoral studies (Ph.D. and similar). Validation of credits for access to such programmes can be requested from competent institutions. For more information, students should contact mdp-elearning [at]

Applicants interested for the full-time programme may register here


UNITAR and UOC have developed an extensive expertise in the delivery of online programmes. Using Internet as a medium, students, diplomas, practitioners and scholars are brought together in a unique virtual learning environment designed to valorize experiential and collaborative learning.

Distinctive features of the Master and its related qualifications include:
•    Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of working professionals;
•    Student-centered approach, in which the learner and the learning experience at the core of the programme;
•    Leading-edge insights into prevailing theories and practices;
•    Lifelong learning approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment;
•    Multi-cultural pedagogy, particularly attentive at the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions;
•    Multi-disciplinary approach.



Targeted Audience

The Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy is aimed at diplomats as well as staff of governmental and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, the Master’s Degree and related qualifications are open to graduate students, young researchers and other academics interested in gaining a thorough understanding of diplomacy and international relations and acquiring soft skills to thrive in their careers. 

The objective of the admission process is to select students with  great potential and who can make a significant contribution to the learning experience. We seek candidates who are dynamic, motivated, creative, and who have not only an excellent academic background and/or professional experience, but also have interpersonal skills enabling the participants to make the most out of this programme

Additional Information

In order to be considered for the Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy and related qualifications, candidates must be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national identity cards and have completed an undergraduate degree. 

After signing up, we will kindly ask you to send to mdp-elearning [at] ( )the following documents:

- a copy of your CV
- a copy of your bachelor degree certificate in English
- motivation letter

After reception of those documents, your application will be carefully considered. 

Admission is granted on a rolling basis. However, early application is recommended given the limited number of places on the programme. 

Admission is valid for two intakes, the intake the candidate applies for and the following.


The Master can be completed in 1 year (full-time) or two years (part-time). Please note that students must complete a Master's thesis.


Students may request to withdraw from the Master's Degree or related qualifications without any penalty or need for justification within the timeframe of fourteen (14) natural days counting from the date they are officially informed by e-mail of the enrolment in the Master's or related qualifications.

Students shall request to withdraw from the Master's Degree or any of the related qualifications through UOC's established channels ( and send back the learning resources (if applicable) to the established address. The costs of sending the learning materials shall be paid by the student.

After this period of time, withdrawing from the master’s programme or related qualifications does not exempt the student to keep up with the payment plan agreed with UOC.